VISION: Enhance rural library provision through more active community involvement and the development of service hubs of co-located activity.

This could be achieved by:

* Increased rural community engagement and volunteering in providing library services
* Better understanding and mapping of where rural library services are needed
* Developing more volunteer run ‘community link’ libraries in rural communities
* Building awareness, changing perceptions and improving skills to expand electronic library provision
* Developing co-location hubs for local services, advice, business support and cultural festivals


Answer - Disagree

Again there is a desire to replace the functions of local government with voluntary services. Librarians - who have a role in terms of information provision, and education - are not just volunteers but are trained professionals. They are needed.  Funding cannot be ducked by just finding volunteers to keep libraries open.  This seems to be a justification for cost-cutting. Libraries are vital to all members of the community, particularly the elderly, the poor and the young, who are most vulnerable within the rural community.  They also need efficient internet facilities for those few members of the community who do not have access to the internet.

Wednesday the 20th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template